Application of Orem’s theory on wounds: an integrative review



Self Care, Nursing theory, Wounds and injuries, Leg ulcer, Enterostomal therapy


Objective: To characterize the scientific production on the application of Orem’s self-care theory in the scope of wounds. Method: Integrative literature review with the available articles that highlight the theme. The following informational resources were used: VHL, CINAHL, Scopus, Cochrane, PubMed and SciELO. The following descriptors were listed: Self Care, Nursing Theory, Wound and Ulcer, in their English and Portuguese versions. The final sample consisted of 10 publications. Data were collected using a validated tool. Evaluation and data synthesis were produced through description and simple statistical evaluations. Results: The analyzed researches were developed in four countries; English language was predominant; publications began in 2004. The theory was applied in nursing care systematization, as a teaching strategy for self-care and as a theoretical framework. The articles linked the theory to diabetic foot, venous ulcer, leg/lower limb ulcers (no specification of type), burns and pressure injury. Conclusion: Orem’s theory was applied to a variety of individuals and contexts, its applicability within the scope of wounds is something concrete, regardless of the type of injury.


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Author Biography

Larissa Houly de Almeida Melo, Universidade Federal de Alagoas

Graduação em enfermagem pela Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL). Especialista em enfermagem dermatológica pela Faculdade Integrada de Patos (FIP). Mestranda em enfermagem pela Universidae Federal de Alagoas (UFAL). Enfermeira efetiva do  Ambulatório de Feridas e Pé Diabético de Arapiraca.



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Melo LH de A, Bernardo THL, Macedo JKS dos S, Francisco LCF de L, Barros AC. Application of Orem’s theory on wounds: an integrative review. ESTIMA [Internet]. 2020 Jun. 10 [cited 2021 Jun. 24];18. Available from:



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